How to measure sustainability performance
The methodology developed evaluates and explores possibilities for sustainability improvements for local effects, global effects and system effects. The method is based on different existing international standards and scientific publications. The most important guidelines and approaches used are:
- Life Cycle Assessment, including ISO 14040 and ISO 14044;
- Social Life Cycle Assessment;
- Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, ISO 14064;
- Poverty footprint;
- International Labour Organization Conventions;
- Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines ISO 26000.
The scoring system combines qualitative and quantitative assessment results. Critical success factors are identified, which give essential information on risks and opportunities and can be used for strengthening the design or defining the conditions for (further) investments and making the initiative operational.